Francisco Duque was reacting to the statement of Interior Secretary Ano that minors may soon be allowed to leave their homes and visit shopping malls as long as they are accompanied by their parents or guardians.
Students in Abu Dhabi will return to schools on Jan.17, as the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee, in coordination with Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge, has approved remote learning for the first two weeks of the new school term.
Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood said students of class 9 to 12 would resume studies from Jan.18, whereas the primary section up to class 8 would reopen from Jan.25. Colleges and universities are to reopen from Feb.1.
The authorities will carry out regular checkups of students, all workers in the educational field, including educational and administrative staff and aid workers for smooth governance.
Federal officials said the government has decided to conduct exams of students only in grade V and VIII. They added that the director general of the federal directorate of education has sent a summary to the relevant authorities in this regard.
More than 500 principals and school leaders from private schools in Dubai attended an online session on the re-opening of schools in the new academic year Hosted by the Director General of the Dubai Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), Dr Abdulla Al Karam, the session focused on the health and safety measures schools will take to keep everyone safe when they return to school.
Sharjah Private Education Authority (SPEA) is studying the possibilities of return to normal in campus schooling after summer vacation.
A return-to-school protocol would be developed in co-operation with the Ministry of Education (MoE), the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NECDMA) and local authorities and would be announced later on.
Updated procedures for operating nurseries in the emirate include the continuation of operating with a lower capacity and caring for children in small groups or "bubbles." However, bubbles now can include more children.